What Does the Bible Say About Adversity? 11 Powerful Verses


1 Peter 5:10

ESVAnd after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.
KJVBut the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
NASBAfter you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.
NIVAnd the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.
NLTIn his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation.

Proverbs 24:10

ESVIf you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.
KJVIf thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.
NASBIf you are slack in the day of distress, Your strength is limited.
NIVIf you falter in a time of trouble, how small is your strength!
NLTIf you fail under pressure, your strength is too small.

2 Corinthians 12:9

ESVBut he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
KJVAnd he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
NASBAnd He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.
NIVBut he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
NLTEach time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.

2 Corinthians 4:8-9

ESVWe are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;
KJVWe are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
NASBwe are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed;
NIVWe are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.
NLTWe are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.

Philippians 4:12-13

ESVI know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
KJVI know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
NASBI know how to get along with little, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things [j]through Him who strengthens me.
NIVI know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
NLTI know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ,d who gives me strength.

James 1:2-4

ESVCount it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
KJVMy brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
NASBConsider it all joy, my brothers and sisters, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
NIVConsider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
NLTDear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.

Joshua 1:9

ESVHave I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
KJVThis is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
NASB“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
NIVHave I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
NLTThis is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”

Romans 8:28

ESVAnd we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
KJVAnd we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
NASBAnd we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
NIVAnd we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
NLTAnd we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

1 Peter 5:8

ESVBe sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
KJVBe sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
NASBBe of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
NIVBe alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
NLTStay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.

2 Chronicles 15:7

ESVBut you, take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded.”
KJVBe ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be rewarded.
NASB“But you, be strong and do not lose courage, for there is reward for your work.”
NIVBut as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.”
NLTBut as for you, be strong and courageous, for your work will be rewarded.”

Revelation 21:4

ESVHe will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
KJVAnd God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
NASBand He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”
NIVHe will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
NLTHe will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”

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